Archive for the ‘Mac FAQs’ category

Where can I get an original Airport card? (Updated 11/16/06)

June 22, 2006

Original Airport Card New ways to find a wireless card for your favorite, older Mac.


When will the G5 PowerBooks be available? (Updated 2/11/06)

February 11, 2006

The original answer came straight from an Apple VP. Now we know: never. Instead, how about a nice, dual-core Intel-based MacBook Pro?


What every Airport (or other WiFi) Base Station owner should know about security.

July 26, 2004

Tempting though it is to plug in your wireless network and forget it, there are a few easy steps that can save big problems down the line.


What if my iPod battery does wear out some day?

July 25, 2004

Is it true that iPod batteries can’t be replaced? Nooooo.


Is my iPod or iPod mini battery OK?

July 23, 2004

A few good Apple articles about iPod batteries.

Temperature graph

I bought my first iPod three years ago, the weekend they first were sold. I bought my second iPod, a 20G model, the first weekend it was sold. I have another that isn’t a year old yet, and Jan has one as well. All of them still work fine, and get about 8 hours’ use from a fresh charge.

Still, I know how to take care of my iPods’ batteries. For instance, don’t leave an iPod in your car when it’s too hot or cold outside. Similarly, don’t leave an iPod connected and mounted on your Mac or PC desktop when you aren’t using it. Why? Batteries normally chemically degrade over their lifetimes, and extreme temperatures hasten the process. Also, use the Hold button whenever your iPod is turned off, to avoid it being turned on accidentally.

Apple has published several good articles which go into a lot more detail. If you want your iPod to last as long as possible, give them a read: Apple – Batteries – iPod, iPod battery frequently asked questions (FAQ) and Tips and tricks to get the most out of your iPod’s battery.

Apple’s OS X Hot Download list

May 20, 2004

Apple keeps a list of great software for OS X.

Some of these are freeware, most are shareware, some are commercial titles. They’re all written especially for OS X and are very good. Check it out.

Do I need to defragment my hard drives under Panther?

May 20, 2004

Short answer: no. Longer answer: click Read More.

It’s a very informative, understandable article about what the various kinds of fragmentation are, and what, if anything, you need to do about them when you’re running Mac OS X 10.3.